Thursday, July 17, 2008


On Sunday, July 20, the Fulton County Hospital will hold an Open House from 1:30-4 p.m. to let everyone come by to see the new addition and the changes that have taken place. It's very impressive and I urge you to go by and see it.

In today's world, a small hospital such as FCH is the David against the Goliaths of the world. It's a tough haul and as the people of Sharp County know all too well, not many small hospitals survive.

FCH is located in Salem, but it's not just Salem's hospital; it's not just Fulton County's hospital -- it's the community's hospital and it will take the entire community's support to keep the doors open and the hospital progressing into the future.

FCH has a 24-hour emergency room with six doctors on staff. The ambulance bay is now covered and the ER is only steps away. This is all part of the new addition and is a very welcomed upgrade.

The Radiology Department at FCH is covered 24-hours and day, 7-days a week. They have a new Eureka Digital X-ray Room and a new GE 4 slice CT scanner. They will soon be going digital with the new PACS system which will allow the film to be read by a radiologist almost immediately.

The Laboratory also provides around the clock testing and is staffed with highly trained personnel.

The Respiratory Therapy department provides multiple services including overnight sleep studies. This past year, they expanded their services to include Cardiac Rehab.

This department is in the process of expanding and remodeling which will result in an expanded Cardiac Rehab and Physical Therapy department.

The Physical Therapy Department offers a wide array of services and can help individuals with orthopedic rehabilitation, post surgery rehab, musculoskeletal pain, balance disorders, stroke rehab and many others. I have used the physical therapy department at FCH and Lance Gross is an excellent physical therapist.

I've just barely touched on the services that FCH offers but maybe I've told you just enough to make you want to know more. If so, the Open House on the 20th will be a great time to do so.

This is, without a doubt, a beautiful area to live but necessities are not always as close as we'd like. In a perfect world, hospital care would be five-minutes or less from our door, but that's not the case in most of the communities in the Ozarks. We are all very fortunate here to have FCH ready to take care of us when we need it the most. But ... before you need the care, go check it out. Then, if and when that moment arrives and medical care is needed, you will know with certainity that FCH will give you the greatest care possible.